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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:48 pm 
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Ainia wrote:
So it's seemed to me that the entrance had been either non-existent until then, or had been buried somehow after Atrus was born and Gehn returned to the cavern. Perhaps there's something I'm missing in the BoT/BoA narratives?

What can I say? I've been over the relevant passages numerous times, and that entrance is used or mentioned exactly 6 times. Once at the end of BoT, once in the prologue of BoA, and four times after the battery experiment.

And perhaps Anna didn't like him actually going inside the caldera.

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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 7:01 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 8:10 am 
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Ooh, very nice!

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 12:36 pm 
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Can someone help me with finding an easy to download Digital Elevation Map of JA Volcano. It used to be easy but now it is not and I was wondering if anyone has one or could point me to one.


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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 3:21 pm 
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Shorah Szark,

Here are a few online resources you might find helpful:


All the map images should be downloadable (and the first item above has clickable links to downloadable files). Topoquest is pretty explorable and usable, so I think you should be able to find some good views there.

Hope this helps! :)

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Thank you Ainia but unfortunately there aren't what I am looking for. What I need is a DEM to use in Vue to create to topology. Not having a clue what I am looking for makes it hard to describe. It used to be easy via USGS but they changed their website and I cannot find a thing now.


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Try this one: http://data.geocomm.com/dem/demdownload.html

Pick your state, then pick your county. When I did I got a whole list of data, including DEMs. Looks like you need an account.

Or there's this one: http://www.webgis.com/terr_us75m.html
No account needed there. Just download the zip file.


Where is the volcano you are looking for?

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oh sweet stuff Deck thanks. Yep they load in Vue very nicely. I Googled and Googled never finding these sites. Again thanks for the links.


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 4:22 am 
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Shorah everyone,

My latest hike took place on Friday May 16, 2014. I have finally finished my subsequent research and have identified the relevant flora and fauna. So here's the debrief:

In Search of a Legend:

I've recently heard tales of a mysterious glyph painted somewhere up in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains more than 50 years ago. It seems no one knows who did this or why... Thus, I decide I must investigate this further, particularly to see if it bears any relation to my petroglyph research.

It is a pleasant May Friday and the wildflowers are in full riot; excessive botanical documentation is in order today. :) My destination is more than two miles in and more than a quarter mile higher in elevation. :shock:

[Reveal] Spoiler: At one of the trailheads for the Sandia Mountains foothills
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Ainia and her feet ready to go
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Some Scarlet Gaura in full bloom
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A Ladybird crawling across some Soapweed Yucca blossoms
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Plains Larkspur
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Desert Marigold
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Apache Plume
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Spectaclepod
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Two hoodoos as I begin the switchbacks on the first leg
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Plains Prickly Pear are just getting started on their bloom cycle
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[Reveal] Spoiler: There's a Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus nearby
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[Reveal] Spoiler: View to the northwest from the first foothill summit
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[Reveal] Spoiler: View to the north and the tail end of the Sandias
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Claret Cup Cactus
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A Say's Stink Bug going about his business
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A very busy Red Velvet Ant
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Lichen encrusted upon a pink granite boulder
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Beargrass in bloom
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A New Mexico Thistle with a very happy bee
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A cluster of Blackfoot Daisy
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The southeastern trail to the next foothill summit
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A mountain meadow filled with sweetly-scented Desert Verbena
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The southern fence line, where I must turn eastward and upward
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[Reveal] Spoiler: View to the south as I approach the next foothill summit
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[Reveal] Spoiler: I'm finally reaching a crest
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A few steps farther and I can see the rock face with the glyph ahead
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The legend is true!
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A closeup of the Crying Eye
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The eye has a symbol in the pupil
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[Reveal] Spoiler: I discover a geocache and so, naturally, must sign in
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye's view to the southwest
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye's view to the south
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye's view to the southeast
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Some brilliant Desert Paintbrush nearby
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Clusters of huge boulders are reminiscent of Laki'ahn...
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[Reveal] Spoiler: ...and they are everywhere up here
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Thinking back on my studies of the Eder Kemo bahroglyphs and the New Mexico petroglyphs, I find myself wondering if Yeesha has been here. Most bahroglyphs are painted instead of carved or pecked into the rock surface... and I find the integration of the Zia (sun symbol) into a human eye and its resemblance to the Bahro "crying eye" symbol to be most suggestive...

Is Yeesha gazing southward and weeping for the Bahro?

History lesson:

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“The eye appeared sometime in the 1960s but the originator is unknown. In the spring of 2002 it was freshly repainted by someone. Urban legend has it that the eye represents a symbol of sadness and protest at the encroachment of the city on the mountain”

—Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide, Mike Coltrin

[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2002
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2003
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2004
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2005
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2006
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2007
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2008
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2009
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2010
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2011
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2012
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Eye, circa 2013
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As can be seen in the photo sequence above, the Eye was obscured most probably in late 2006 but was repainted again in late 2008 or early 2009. The people of Albuquerque seem to be watching over this glyph and ensuring it is well cared for. Considering the fairly recent act of thoughtless vandalism, I find this reassuring.

I've been unable to find any older photos of the Eye, so have no idea what it looked like originally or before the 2002 repainting.

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 8:15 am 
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I really enjoyed your most recent post/journey, Ainia - I'd seen some pics coming through on twitter but I like to wait for your identification and narrative in your posts - it all becomes coherent when you tell it here. You found some gorgeous flowers (my particular passion), as well as the fascinating tale of the all-seeing eye. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:02 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:15 pm 
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Shorah and greetings folks! :)

Here's the long version of Sunday's Cleft location road trip. Enjoy!! :D

Lucero Volcanic Field Road Trip

Now that the New Mexico weekend weather is cooperative, it's time for another Cleft research road trip. Ever since my January reconnaissance trip there, I've been hoping to return to the Lucero Volcanic Field to do a more thorough search of its lava formations. So on Sunday, June 1, 2014, I pack up the car and head westward to find the leg of old Route 66 which borders these lava flows at the north end.

The plan is to take the eastern road southward to Magdalena and then head back north using a different back road which will take me northeastward toward Bernardo and the Rio Grande river and rift. Bernardo is the epicenter of the micro quakes caused by the Socorro Magma Body and so I'm most curious to see what geologic formations are in the vicinity.

[Reveal] Spoiler: The bridge of Old 66 heading westward into the volcanic fields
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The easternmost dirt road heading southward to Magdalena; I will find out later why it's named Alamo
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[Reveal] Spoiler: To the west is a large volcanic mesa, Black Mesa
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[Reveal] Spoiler: I quickly see the dried remnants of the muddy soup this road had become last weekend after the rains; I am glad I'd opted out of this trip a week ago
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Dough Mountain, an interesting and colorful lava formation to the west
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Mount Taylor in the far, blurry distance to the west
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The road enters Laguna Pueblo land; I must not stray from the road as I pass through
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Another view of Dough Mountain with Mount Taylor in the background
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[Reveal] Spoiler: South Lava Butte and Lava Butte to the west
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Volcano Hill to the southwest
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Another view of Volcano Hill
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Cerro Verde to the west
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A large ranch, farther south
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Field Bindweed along the roadside
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Cerro Verde Ranch has a number of cattle herds throughout this area
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Some very colorful layers along the roadside
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The lava to the east has petered out but the road continues to skirt a long lava flow to the west
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Magdalena Mountains, due south
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The dirt road ends; is civilization just ahead?
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A small Navajo settlement, Alamo, just ahead with Tres Hermanos Mesa behind
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[Reveal] Spoiler: In the distant south, La Cruz Peak
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Looking back northward, the Tres Hermanos Peaks in the near distance
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A lovely pond by the roadside
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Just ahead, the town of Magdalena nestled at the base of the Magdalena Mountains
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[Reveal] Spoiler: In Magdalena, a quaint old bank building, repurposed
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[Reveal] Spoiler: A crumbling adobe wall detail
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The well-hidden back road northward, found thanks to Google Maps :)
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Heading up Forest Road 354, I pass by the local cemetery
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The late afternoon sun creates some lovely contrasts
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Some rippling on the hills nearby
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Looking eastward, Black Butte is in the far distance (visited last August!)
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[Reveal] Spoiler: An interesting pair of hills as I continue northward; there are no volcanic formations thus far along this road
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The tiny, *tiny* hamlet of Riley
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[Reveal] Spoiler: I happen upon a wash with water flowing! I am amazed and stop to admire; earlier I'd crossed a larger wash, probably the Rio Puerco, which was bone dry
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[Reveal] Spoiler: I reach a poorly-marked crossroads and take a branch that eventually veers westward, taking me past La Jara Peak
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[Reveal] Spoiler: La Jara Peak from the other side
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[Reveal] Spoiler: This is wild, open country! A herd of horses spots me and rushes up in hopes of a meal; however, they soon rush off in disappointment
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Eventually, I find myself back at the original southerly road I'd taken earlier to Magdalena. So I head back north and toward home. It's been a fruitful day of ruling out potential Cleft calderas in and near the eastern portion of Lucero Volcanic Field, though I am disappointed to have missed the Bernardo branch of the northern back road. This will have to wait for a future road trip. And there are many lava formations left to visit during a later trip to the western parts of Lucero Volcanic Field too.

Gonna be a busy summer! :)

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thanks for sharing this, Ainia! :mrgreen:

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Incredible work and photos as always, Ainia. Thank you.

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